Healing Clays

"Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature.
Everything is made of one hidden stuff- Clay."
Ralph Waldo



Clay has been used throughout civilization to promote health and healing. The ancient Egyptians were the first to use clay cosmetically to improve the health of the skin by applying facial masks and taking clay baths. French sailors consumed clay to prevent and cure dysentery. People from many cultures have applied clay directly on themselves and their animals as a poultice to draw out infections in open wounds.
Clay baths have been safely used for centuries. These days, they're used to treat everything from tired, achy muscles to heavy metal poisoning, radiation and chemical/pesticide exposure. Very recently, some surprising and encouraging results have been reported when using clay baths to treat autism.


We live in a very toxic environment so how do we cope with the high levels of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides toxins and radiation in our water supply, our food, our air, our soil? You can protect yourself with  clay to keep yourself healthy and vibrant. Used both externally and internally,  clay safely removes toxins from your system.

Every cell in our body excretes waste material, which becomes toxic and poisonous to our bodies if it is allowed to build up faster than it can be eliminated or filtered out of the body. The most common symptoms of toxic build-up within the body are mental dullness, aching-stiff joints, gas and bloat, high acidity, digestive problems with the stomach and colon, acid reflux and fatigue. Therefore, it is imperative to naturally detox to rid yourself of the deleterious effects of impurities and toxins. There are many methods of detoxifying the body, but many of them do the opposite – they stimulate the body to release toxic by-products stored in fat, organs and other tissues. The result is that these substances are dumped back into the active metabolism. The body then is placed under a great deal of toxic stress. The body has stored these substances for a reason – it has been incapable of eliminating them without causing significant damage. Therefore the short-cut ‘quick-fix’ methods to detoxify the body can actually be quite dangerous. and the natural and comprehensive methods can require a lot of attention and hard work.

Clay therapy may be an ideal detoxification treatment because it is safe and when mixed with water, bentonite swells up and becomes very porous. The electrical and molecular components change and produce an electrical charge. Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants.
Bentonite and Illite clays attract and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay).
There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters).


How does Clay work?

 Clay is basically inert super charged minerals, and it gets its negative electromagnetic energy charge from the thermo dynamic heat and volcanic action that created it. When activated by water the clay awakens with a strength that radiates throughout the body, stimulating energy for the rebuilding and revitalization of latent cells, and starts a healing process.

The body needs this energy to restore harmonic balance essential to healthy maintenance. In addition, this super power has the ability to absorb harmful, toxic substances from within the body, tightly bind them within the molecule, and carry them out of the body. Clay’s strong negative ionic charge causes it to `magnetically` attract any substance with a positive ionic charge (i.e., bacteria, toxins, metals, etc.). These substances are both adsorbed (sticking to the outside like Velcro) and absorbed (like a sponge) by the clay molecules. Your body doesn’t digest clay, so the clay passes through your system, collecting the toxins, and removing them as the clay is eliminated.


  Clay has been used in the following conditions:
• Removal of heavy metals, general chemical toxicity, and radiation and chemotherapy recovery.
• Bacterial food poisoning, organic and inorganic toxicity
• It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food)

• To cleanse the colon and promote proper bacterial balance in the intestines
• To begin the process of detoxification of the liver and stimulate liver function
• Used externally, clay's ionic charge increases blood flow, circulation, lymphatic stimulation, and speeds cellular rejuvenation and repair.
• Used as an internal cleanser, it aids the colon's ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; thus giving the body more energy.
• Reduction of free radical damage (thus anti-aging )
• Improved immune system function
• Improved cellular respiration
• Most clays are naturally alkaline and as a result, balance the body's pH and reduce over acidity.


  Clay - A Natural Remedy For Many Conditions

Clay alone will not always resolve these conditions, it is advised you contact your doctor regarding any health conditon before using clay.

• Any gastrointestinal disorder - including the most serious such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns Disease. Bad breath, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Diarrhoea from infections, even cholera and dysentery (take clay more frequently with acute infectious bowel disorders)
• Nausea and vomiting especially due to food poisoning.
• Intestinal Parasites - Also other parasites throughout the body. Take for some time, so that off-spring of the parasites from developing eggs are also eliminated.
• Poisoning can also be greatly alleviated with clay; the clay should be taken one teaspoon in water every one or two hours up to 48 hours after ingestion.
• Ulcers - The action is two fold, firstly clay helps to neutralise excess stomach acid, and secondly it provides elements to promote healing of the ulcer. One teaspoon of clay in water twice daily and when an aggravation occurs. Combine with Aloe Vera for long-term curative results.
• Allergies, hay fever and asthma - These conditions can be ameliorated or eliminated entirel
y with clay, depending on the individual patient. Partly as clay can absorb allergens and histamines.
• Arthritis and rheumatic symptoms
• Gum disease
• Headaches
• Acne, eczema, itching, hives. Clay can help to reduce these conditions, but as with all other health issues look to a holistic nutritional programme - skin disorders are often linked to a toxic bowel.


Choosing the Right Clay: 

 For clay baths,  unprocessed, natural swelling smectite clays are the best. This includes swelling bentonites and montmorillonites (French Green Clay).  However, other types of clays are also extremely beneficial to health but have a different action. For optimum results I suggest you vary the type of clay. Illite French Green clays have a similar effect and Argiletz Illite clays are renowned for their high quality and purity.

Illite is found in certain regions in the North of France and in the Atlantic basin.

Illite is is a non-swelling highly absorbent clay (30% - it absorbs 30% of water), and has a relatively low remineralisation power (12%). It is used in cases where detoxification and decongestion is important. Illite contains less magnesium than montmorillonite. The active minerals in Illite include calcium, silicium, several important mineral oxides, magnesium, potassium, dolomite, silicium, manganese, phosporous, copper, and selenium, as well a relatively small percentage of montmorillonite. The sorptive properties of Illite are greater than those of montmorillonite.


Argiletz Illite Green Clay Super Ventilated

The absolute premium grade of  illite clay originating from France. As 100% totally naturally formed concentrated source of minerals and trace elements, clay is ideal for very delicate facial and neck skin and helping the skin to detox by the natural elimination of toxins, pesticides, heavy metals and other pollutants.

Guaranteed sun-dried ‘raw’ clay and being ‘ultra-ventilated’, the purest most beneficial grade. Guaranteed free of preservatives, non-ionised and not tested on animals. This clay is suitable for family use, including the bathing of babies. This box contains 300g of clay.


Product Quality 

  • This clay is guaranteed to be sun dried, non-ionised, and preservative free.
  • This clay has just been retested in a meta-analysis showing that it is one of the safest clays in Europe for internal and external use.
  • This clay satisfies the levels of microbiological purity required by the European pharmacopoeia V.2.1.8
  • This product has not been tested on animals, however it is believed that all herbivores, and possible all vertebrates deliberately seek out clay for ingestion and for external use. The clay has only been tested on human volunteers.
  • This is the purest grade of clay – ultra-ventilated. The clay has been graded so that it is effectively ‘mica-free’ as micas are harmful to the digestive system and interior of the body. The texture, colour and aroma of this particular clay is very light and pleasing.
  • This is a raw and natural clay.
  • Suitable for vegans.

Keep out of reach of young children and pets.


 Internal Detox (see disclaimer at end - no clay is legally recommended for internal use)

Add 1 teaspoon of Argiletz Green Clay to a glass of water, leave overnight , stir with plastic spoon and drink before breakfast. We are all biochemically unique so listen to your body and adjust the amount according to what you feel comfortable with. Some may find it a more gentle detox to only drink the clay water initially.

 Standard Recommendations:

Add 1 teaspoon dry powder  Argiletz French Green clay to 8 parts spring water WITHOUT STIRRING and leave overnight. In the morning stir with PLASTIC spoon. You can add lemon juice or cider vinegar to help assimilation.

The optimum amount is to take 3 ounces three times a day of the liquid on an empty stomach for 4-6 weeks and then gradually reduce to 1-2 ounces a day for maintenance.

Do not use metal spoons! 

If you're taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your physician, as medications vary in time release and content.

When taking clay internally, it is very important to keep the body hydrated by drinking plenty of water daily (preferably with a few drops of Sole solution). The water helps to soften and loosen impacted faecal material lining the walls of the small intestine and colon. This material is then absorbed by the clay and removed from the body through normal elimination.

Warning     If you experience any side effects of concern, then reduce or discontinue usage.

Detox Baths
Instructions for use:

1     Sprinkle 1-2 cups of Clay lightly over bath water.  Soak for 15-20 minutes in a hot bath or longer in a warm bath.

Even more effective when 1 cup of Himalayan Crystal Salt or  Dead Sea Salts added.

2     Submerge as much of your body as possible during the bath. The more clay that is used, the more powerful the  response. Start with 1 cup and increase if you feel energised.

3      Run lots of water to rinse the clay out of your tub.



For those who are very toxic soaking just your feet in a foot bath that contains a smaller amount of clay is recommended as this can also draw out significant amounts of toxins.


How Often Should I Take A Clay Bath? 

The standard recommendation is two baths per week for 3 weeks and then a rest week. This can be increased providing your body is able to tolerate it. You should feel energised not drained.




 Face Mask 

Using a plastic or glass container with a non-metal lid, mix 1 part dry powder clay to 3 parts water. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute or until all lumps are gone. Open the cover and allow it to breathe for 10-15 minutes until fully hydrated. Apply to face and leave to work for 10-15 minutes and rinse with clean warm water and pat the skin dry.

Calcium Bentonite masks have a natural bleaching effect, and can reduce blotches, pigmentation, etc. They are also excellent at restoring the natural pH of the skin and cleansing it. Acne/spots is another skin condition which benefits from clay applications.



French Green clay can be made into a compress and applied to the skin to sooth muscle damage, carpel tunnel, bruises, cuts and wounds. You can prepare a clay pack by mixing the clay with water until it has a mud like consistency and apply it to the affected area. Applying a clay pack to bacterial and fungal infections can be beneficial. Other skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes often respond well to bentonite clay pack and compress treatments.

• Healing clays are not to be taken internally concurrently with life- sustaining prescribed medications without careful medical supervision as it may lessen the effects of the medication, ie very high blood pressure.

• Healing clays should not be used by those with a clinically diagnosed iron intolerance (a rare condition) without seeing a laboratory analysis of the clay used or blood sample monitoring.

• Not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing.

• Clay may be slippery – please take care when entering and exiting your bath.


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Disclaimer: Please be advised that according to the EU regulations, clay and clay-like substances are not regarded by the EU authorities as food products, and I am not selling or marketing them as such. I provide general information about clays which has been collected online and from various publications. I am not selling clays as medicines or food supplements.
This information should not be used to treat a serious ailment without prior consultation with a qualified health-care professional. A complete approach to help heal any health condition is recommended. The body's ability and power to heal depends upon the totality of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors.